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Bhaag Beanie Bhaag Review 2020 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Creators: Ravi Patel, Neel Shah
Stars: Aditya Belnekar, Hetvi Karia, Swara Bhaskar
Opening Shot: Beanie Bhatnagar (Swara Bhaskar) is introduced on stage at a comedy club, but she comes out wearing an extremely formal dress.
The Gist: We back up a few years. We find out that Beanie always wanted to entertain, and eventually landed on stand-up comedy. As she entered her adulthood, she found herself at open mics and doing her “tight 5” at comedy clubs late at night. But, “like most middle-class kids,” she got an MBA and a desk job. She also started dating Arun (Varun Thakur), a nice but not very interesting guy whose family has money.
Three days before the first scene, he gives her a massive engagement ring and pops the question. Instead of being thrilled, though, Beanie starts to panic, thinking that engagement leads to marriage leads to kids, and that’s not what she’s looking for. To blow off some steam, she and her friend Kapi (Dolly Singh) go to a comedy club to see if there are any slots open. Beanie finds an American comedian named Ravi (Ravi Patel) and concocts a sob story about dead rabbits to get him to give her a slot.
She keeps saying she’s not a “comic comic,” but when she gets on stage, she does well enough to be invited to a “new voices” showcase, an important next step. The problem is: It’s the same day as her engagement party. She starts to be convinced that stand-up is the way she should go, even though Arun and her parents (Mona Ambegaonkar, Girish Kulkarni) think the comedy thing is a hobby.
She goes to another club and runs into Ravi again. He tells her why he’s plying his trade in India instead of the U.S. — it has an exploding stand-up scene — and he repeats Bill Burr’s words about playing it safe vs. following your dreams (she’s so into comedy that she knows exactly where Ravi cribbed it from). During her engagement party, she sees the new flat Ravi leased for them, with the king-sized bed Burr mentioned in his bit. Beanie panics, runs out of the party with Kapi and into a cab, where she quits her job and tentatively goes on stage to really begin her stand-up career.
Our Take: When we watched the first episode of Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, we noticed how American its comedy sensibility was, from its beats to its jokes to its emphasis on Beanie and Ravi getting to know each other. Then we saw that Patel and Neel Shah (The Bold Type, Powerless) were the creators and writers of the series, and it all made sense. We enjoyed the first episode because, while it concentrates on the very Indian tradition of women being paired off an married in order to start a family, it’s really about a comedy scene we didn’t know existed and are hoping to learn more about.
Bashakar isn’t a stand-up comedian herself, but she fills the role of a comic very well; during the stand-up segments the lines she given are delivered with the right rhythms and they actually generate laughs — though they might generate more if you relate to Indian life. What she also gets right is the fear in Beanie’s face as she realizes that the path she’s going down is going to make her miserable. She hates her job and her smarmy boss VIP (Shantanu Ghatak); she loves Arun but loves stand-up more. So the abject fear on her face when her family takes a photo of her displaying her ring is palpable.
Listen, it could be because we’ve been where Beanie is — facing a career crossroads, though not related to marriage like with Beanie — and we relate strongly to her dilemma. But we felt so good for her when she responded to VIP’s annoying voice mail by quitting and insisting to him that she patted his back “to keep him from dying” when he thought they shared a moment.
The other reason why we felt good is because, to be honest, we want to see an Indian scripted rom-com to not all be about marriage. We get that it’s a huge part of Indian culture, but we already have Mismatched, and reality shows like Indian Matchmaking cover this issue very well. We want to see Beanie succeed in what is likely a very male stand-up field in India. There will obviously be something going on with Ravi, and seeing his American sensibility butt up against Beanie’s will generate a few laughs.
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